Curb appeal is one of the most important areas to give attention to if you are selling your house, especially if you want to sell your home for full price. The good news is, you can easily boost curb appeal on a budget!
Have you ever pulled up to a house that had hairy shrubs, toys in the front yard and tilted shutters? Even if the house is in a million-dollar neighborhood, you will probably be wary of walking up to the front door.
That’s exactly the feeling we’re trying to avoid when your house is on the market.
When people drive up to your home, you want them to feel like they’re walking into a place that’s been cherished and taken care of.
This is why it is so important to make the front of your home look its absolute best. When potential home buyers pull up to your curb they are already evaluating and making a decision on whether or not they want to make your home their home.
Oftentimes they have already made their decision, whether they are aware of it or not before they step across your threshold.
Curb appeal is that important.
Fortunately, this is an area of your home where some good old-fashioned elbow grease can really go a long way.
Here are some easy tips to boost your curb appeal on a budget and create a beautiful entryway and outdoor space that will wow potential home buyers so you can sell your home fast.
DIY Curb Appeal On A Budget
Clean the walls and walkway that lead up to your front door.
If you have access to one, this might be a perfect time to pull out that power washer and give the siding and the sidewalks and driveway a good blast with high powered water. A power washer can do miracles on a discolored sidewalk, driveway, and siding, and is so much faster than trying to wipe or scrub anything down by hand.
If you don’t have a power washer, any household cleaner will usually work. Awesome is amazing at cleaning up outside. Just be careful around painted surfaces, as I’ve seen it take some paint off before. But it works wonders on things like vinyl siding and dirty window ledges.
Clean the front door, doorbell, and any windows that are around the front door area.
Break up any spider webs or cobwebs that have gathered around your door. The last thing that you want is a potential home buyer to walk through a big spider web on their way to your door!
If there are any oil stains on the driveway you will want to scrub those off too so that the driveway looks clean and fresh. We used this stuff to get oil stains off of our driveway when we were selling it.
An outdoor area that is in good repair will speak volumes as to what the interior of the house will look like.
If anything needs repairs, (i.e. porch, steps, decking) that are simple to do go ahead and fix them.
Home Staging Ideas for Front Porch
A beautiful wreath on the front door can go a long way towards making a potential home buyer feel welcome.
If you have a front gate you can add a wreath there as well.
Go for decorative items that are simple and classic, such as an American flag and a few potted plants.
Remove quirkier items such as lawn gnomes or other statues (I’m looking at you, solar butterflies!!) to present a cleaner look.
Any outdoor furniture needs to be clean and in good condition. If cushions are worn or faded, replace them with fresh ones.
Add a pop of color by adding some colorful outdoor pillows to outdoor furniture.
If you have a covered front area space and the means to do so, a rocking chair or two can be a really sweet touch and add a homey element that makes your home feel cozy and inviting.
And don’t be afraid to add a few décor elements if you have a large front porch. Lanterns are one of my favorite ways to dress up the entry area and tie the inside to the outside in a homey but trendy way.
Curb Appeal Landscape Ideas
Mow the grass just before a showing if it is during the growing season.
Be sure to have a nice clean line along any sidewalks or driveways. The subtle tidiness makes a real impact on how kept your home is.
Make sure any planter beds are mulched and edged.
Plant some seasonal plants and flowers in coordinating colors in the planter beds, or if you don’t have planter beds add some plants and/or flowers in attractive pots around the door.
If there are any big trees or bushes that overhang the walkway up to your house be sure to prune them so they are not blocking the walkway.
If it is fall and you have trees that drop a lot of leaves be sure to rake up the majority (you know how it is almost impossible to remove all of the fallen leaves!) of the fallen leaves in your yard so that it looks nice and clean.
There you have it! Some easy ways to add curb appeal to your home that will have potential home buyers saying “Yes!” before they even cross your threshold!
Check out my other home staging posts to more home staging ideas to sell your house fast.
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